Real Madrid are looking into the option of offloading Luka Jovic and Mariano Diaz before the transfer window closes.
Carlo Ancelotti wants to further trim his squad down before the start of the 2021-22 season after Real Madrid bid farewell to Raphael Varane and Sergio Ramos. The club’s hierarchy are in full support of Ancelotti’s decision as Los Blancos look to garner funds in an attempt to sign Paris Saint-Germain’s Kylian Mbappe.
According to Marca, the former Everton manager is open to the idea of parting ways with two strikers from his squad, Luka Jovic and Mariano Diaz.
The former was signed from Eintracht Frankfurt in the summer of 2019 for 60 million euros after a stellar individual campaign. Jovic scored 27 goals in all competitions in the 2018/19 season for the Eagles before completing his transfer to the Spanish capital. Two seasons later, the Serbian continues to face an uncertain future after he has done little to secure a place in the team with just two goals in his Real Madrid career so far.
However, the 23-year-old has not yet given up and is keen on continuing at the club for another season. Luka Jovic wants to prove his worth to Carlo Ancelotti after enduring a difficult time under Zinedine Zidane who did not show much confidence in his abilities.
Los Blancos are confident in finding a suitor for the Serbian international but face a conflicting situation in the case of Mariano Diaz. The Dominican was re-signed by the club in 2018 from Olympique Lyon and has received a sporadic role ever since. The 28-year-old is on contract with Real until 2023 and has shown no intentions of leaving the club as he is keen on seeing out his deal.
Due to difficulties in offloading Mariano, Real Madrid are willing to place an emphasis on Luka Jovic’s departure. The 23-year-old was on AC Milan’s radar but the deal fell through after the Rossoneri signed Chelsea’s Olivier Giroud.
Whilst Real continue their search for suitors, Jovic is expected to start against Deportivo Alaves in their first La Liga fixture on August 14, ahead of Karim Benzema who recently recovered from COVID-19. The former Frankfurt striker will look to make the most out of his chance against Alaves and possibly impress Ancelotti.